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Lauren Wood Hair Comb

Pyrography Decoration On A Hair Comb

This Lauren Wood Hair Comb is an experiment that grew out of a commission of shawl pins which can also substitute as hair pins. Then Laure takes it to the next level and suggests that I make wooden combs. I did a little research and came up with this oversized hair comb. The exotic wood is Purple Heart from Brazil which is incredibly strong and beautiful. I shape the wood at the band saw which then requires hours of tedious filing and sanding to round the sharp edges. The decoration technique is pyrography which is a wood branding process. Many of us experienced this in the Scouts or summer camp. Most often the tools were underpowered and useless. Today pyrography has become an art form with professional tools.

Here is a link to what a Maker can achieve with pyrography tools on wood, leather, and hardboard materials. I use pyrography often to enhance my art. Here is another example of my art and Pyrography.

Valuing a piece of art

Often someone will ask, “How long did it take you to make that?” There is no simple answer as a Maker doesn’t just sit down and pop something out. The creative process develops over time and then there are failures in executing ideas. Picasso was asked in a restaurant for his autograph. He signed his name and scribbled a small image. The patron reached out for it and Picasso said that will be $500. The man responded that it took less than 5 minutes to which Picasso said, “It took 30 years.” Wonder what Picasso would say to someone who says my kid can do that.


I design all of my items in my Montvale, New Jersey, USA studio. If I am not on the lathe I will be at the studio bench designing, refining and finishing a piece just like the Lauren Wood Hair Comb.


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